Akai Announces Three New APC Controllers

Akai_Pro_APC40_MKIIAt Musikmesse 2014: Today, Akai Professional announced three new additions to its APC line of Ableton Live controllers: the re-imagined APC40 mkII, along with two compact controllers, APC Key 25, and the APC mini.

APC40 mkII: The APC40 mkII (pictured, above right) features a 5×8 RGB LED clip-launching matrix, assignable A/B cross-fader, 8 rotary knobs, 8 channel faders, and a send button for quick access to send busses.

Included with the APC40 mkII is a suite of software, samples, and loops for out-of-the-box electronic music production: Toolroom artist launch packs, Prime Loops sample packs, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Technology, and SONiVOX Twist.

Akai_Pro_APC_miniAPC mini: APC mini (right) is the most portable all-in-one Ableton controller from Akai Pro, engineered for the mobile musician or producer. APC mini concentrates the essential features of the APC40 mkII into a compact design. It boasts an expanded 8×8 multicolor clip-launching grid, 8 channel faders, and a diminutive but tough chassis for hands-on control over Ableton Live with a small footprint. The APC mini is also USB-powered and supports plug-and-play.

APC Key 25: Akai’s APC Key 25 is the first controller designed for Ableton Live that is equipped with a “high-performance” keyboard, combining a clip-launching panel with a keyboard interface. The APC Key 25 controller (right) includes 25 synth-action mini keys, a 5×8 clip-launch matrix with tri-color visual feedback, 8 control knobs, USB power, and plug-and-play connectivity. The APC Key 25 comes mapped to Ableton, but can also be used as an all-purpose MIDI controller.

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FxGrid For Launchpad + Ableton Live (Free Download)

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Free Music Software: Reader Yeuda Ben-atar sent word about FxGrid – a free application for Launchpad and Ableton Live (No Max For Live needed.)

To use:

  •  Open up the FxGrid.alp Live Pack
  • Choose a destination on your Hard-Drive where the project will be installed.
  • Open up FxGrid Live Set
  • Load loops to “Loops Go Here”
  • Plug in your Launchpad
  • Press “User 2”
  • Flip it sideways
  • Hit play

FxGrid is a free download (.alp file). An Akai APC version is in the works.